Benefit Concert at OSU to Feature Live Debuts
World-renowned and award-winning singer and songwriter Halie Loren returns to the campus of Oregon State University on Friday, March 9 at 8:00 pm to perform a one-night exclusive event with guest conductor Rob Birdwell and the Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra. Half price for students at the door.
Halie Loren, an Oregon native, is just returning from a three-week tour of Asia where she performed sellout shows in Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Seoul, offering thousands of her fans the chance to hear the live debut of songs from her latest CD, Heart First. The new album, still awaiting release in the U.S., has already topped the jazz charts at Amazon and iTunes Japan, and features sparkling interpretations of jazz standards, new twists on pop classics, and three new Halie Loren originals. Many selections from Heart First will be performed by a full symphony orchestra for the first time anywhere.
“I am excited to be debuting more than a dozen all-new orchestral arrangements commissioned especially for this concert and this amazing orchestra,” said Loren. “Experiencing many of my fans’ favorites and some of the new songs I wrote especially for Heart First performed on this scale by so many consummate musicians is something I once only dreamed of. It will be a night to remember!”
Proceeds from the concert event will benefit the Corvallis-OSU Symphony Society Student Musician Scholarship Fund, which supports OSU students who play in the orchestra. Since its inception in 1906, the orchestra has been a central component of and major contributor to the performing arts in the Willamette Valley region. This concert series features musical works both familiar and challenging, frequently highlighting soloists of local, national and even international acclaim.
Guest conductor and arranger Rob Birdwell says he is proud that in Halie Loren he can feature a soloist who perfectly fits all three categories.
Halie went to both Crescent Valley and Corvallis High Schools. Since then she has been all over the world. Loren won a slew of national songwriting awards, including consecutive first place honors in the Pacific Songwriting Competition, while still in her teens. Her 2008 jazz CD, They Oughta Write a Song, won the JPF award for Best Vocal Jazz Album the following year and subsequently became the No. 2-selling jazz album in Japan for 2010. Heart First, her fourth and most personal jazz album, was released in Asia on the JVC/Victor Entertainment label in December 2011. Fly Me to the Moon, the first single from it, took off, reaching No. 1 on iTunes Japan’s jazz chart that same month.
As an exclusive bonus, concert-goers will have a chance to be among the first to obtain the U.S. release of Heart First, signed by Loren herself. It is the first of her albums to be distributed throughout North America and worldwide by Justin Time Records, whose roster of artists also includes Diana Krall and Hilary Kole.
For early arrivers, a special treat awaits – OSU’s student a capella group Outspoken will perform in the lobby at 7:30 p.m.